In The Name Of God The Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

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Why aren’t my duas answered

By: Yasmin Mogahed Source: I think what happens is we mix up our means and our ends. When we make duaa for a good husband, for example, is that strong marriage a means or an end? I think many people take it as an end, which explains much of the disillusionment and disappointment that often follows (ironically in both cases: whether we get it or we don’t). Like everything in this dunya, marriage is only a means. A means to reach Allah. So if we pray for it and we don’t get it, perhaps Allah has chosen another means (perhaps through hardship, the purification it may cause and the sabr it builds, to bring us to that end–Allah). It may be, as only Allah knows best, that...

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One Jewish woman’s fight for Palestine

For Jennifer Loewenstein, April 19, 2002 was a “waking nightmare”. She stood silent at the edge of the camp, in disbelief–and horror. Listening to the sound of wailing, she watched as medical workers lay out the bodies of the dead. The corpses, wrapped in white, were loaded onto the back of a pick-up truck. “I will never forget this time,” Loewenstein recalls. “I stayed in the camp for two days, picking through the ruins and debris of people’s former lives–watching children and families look for their belongings–anything they could salvage from the wreckage.” Loewenstein was in Jenin. She had spent much of the previous two years working as an editor and freelance journalist at the Mezan...

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boat storm by anguila40 / Creative Commons

The only shelter in the storm

It’s never easy to stand when the storm hits… As soon as it starts raining, lightning shortly follows. Dark clouds replace the sun and all you can see are the waves of an ocean, once calm, surrounding you. No longer able to find your way, you reach out for help.You begin by calling the coast guard. No reply. You try again to redirect the boat. No use. You look for the lifeboat. It’s gone. You reach for a life jacket. Torn. Finally after you’ve exhausted every means, you turn your face upward.And ask God.  A Unique Moment But there’s something completely unique about this moment. At this instant, you experience something you otherwise could only theorize about: true tawheed. Oneness. See,...

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